Around 160 people attended the Bite of Blaine fundraiser at Loomis Trail Golf Club on Monday night, raising an estimated
$8,500 for Blaine’s Fourth of July fireworks display.
Hosted by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, the annual event is the biggest single fireworks fundraiser. This year, 14 local restaurants provided dining choices ranging from sauerkraut, hot dogs and pizza to spring rolls and mulligatawny soup to hungry diners.
A live auction hosted by dueling auctioneers Mike Kent and Gary Tomsic got bidders competing for prizes ranging from a golden hammer to ‘dine and stay’ packages at area inns and eateries. There was also a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.
The Blaine branch of Sterling Bank was recognized by the chamber as the Blaine community’s 2012 Business of the Year. Bank manager John Paradis accepted the award along with members of his staff.
“We’re honored to be a part of this community,” he said.
The live and silent auctions raised $4,635. The 50/50 raffle raised $462 after the winner gave back to the chamber. Proceeds from ticket sales were still being calculated at press time, but were estimated at $3,500.